Details Revealed on Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods

July 7, 2008
Source: MTV

Joss Whedon

Where oh where hath Joss Whedon gone? Being a huge Firefly fan myself, I'm anxious to see Whedon return in some form, even as a producer or writer. Whedon is currently working on a new TV series titled "Dollhouse", but we've finally got some news from him on a film project as well! Although I've never heard of it until now, Joss has been working on a project titled Cabin in the Woods, which sounds like some sort of horror-esque drama and romance movie all packed into one (as far as I can tell). MTV recently caught up with Whedon and Cabin in the Woods co-writer Drew Goddard, who also wrote the Cloverfield screenplay, and finally got some details out of them. The film is currently only in pre-production, but it sounds like it might come together soon enough.

So what is Cabin in the Woods? Goddard explains that "there's a reason the title is so straightforward… It's its own sub-genre, the cabin in the woods, and this is sort of our take on it. It's fresh and new." From that description, I'm getting eerie Joss Whedon re-imaginings of Evil Dead. That is the quintessential "cabin in the woods" movie, right? Goddard goes on to tease even more about the film while still explaining nothing. "It's genius, it's funny. It's got a harder and darker edge, but it's also got classic Whedon qualities. It'll rip your heart out and be heartfelt at the same time." Apparently Whedon isn't necessarily directing, but has been writing it with Goddard and will be producing the film.

Joss himself also chimes in on the film, but only explains how tough it is handling double duty as both the writer and the producer. "Writing is like a cave… You have to go very far down, and you have to have time to get down there and come back up. But producing, that means you're involved with everything. Right now, that has more to do with very preliminary stuff, budgeting and whatnot, but it's still another thing on the list that keeps you having enough time to get into your artistic head." And although we still don't have a very clear idea on what the heck Cabin in the Woods is all about, Goddard puts a final confusing yet exciting cap on it all. "[Joss] is a genre all to himself. He's comedy, horror, drama, all at once, and you'll never be able to classify it as one thing. What do you call it? At the end of the day, it's Joss."

Whedon also confirmed that his other horror fantasy project titled Goners has been backburnered by Universal, although he says he "still [has] hope for it." You can also read about updates on his TV show "Dollhouse" and the Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog webisodes over at MTV as well. Although I still don't know what Cabin in the Woods really is, I guess I'll say I'm excited for it. To be honest, Whedon is a double-edged sword for me. I love Firefly to death, but hate Buffy. So as long as this stays in the Firefly realm, I'll be keeping my eye on it. And if we actually figure out what it is, we'll be sure to update you. Hopefully this doesn't get caught up in production hell either, as it seems Whedon has a curse.

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*is pumped*

Josh on Jul 7, 2008


I have two words for you: Dr. Horrible

Quicksilver on Jul 7, 2008


thnx Quicksilver!!! that was histerical!! oh man...double the Whedon

Josh on Jul 7, 2008


Quicksilver! You beat me to it! 😀

Melissa on Jul 7, 2008


I can't believe you can say you are a Joss Whedon fan and then say you hate Buffy. That's like saying you love George Lucas because he made Empire Strikes Back but didn't care for much else that he did. Buffy comprises 85% of Whedon's output to this point and while Firefly was awesome in it's own right, Buffy is what made Whedon who he is.

Jim on Jul 8, 2008


I'm a huge Whedon fan....but i can honestly say that Buffy does not excite me. It is creative, yes, but not a part of something that interests me

Josh on Jul 8, 2008


Whedon reminds me of many folks I've met that are so smart, they have a hard time focusing and completing one thing well. Okay, Serenity was a minor masterpiece, but still I wish he would just forgo comic books and stick with writing and directing. Okay, darn it, I just wish he would do the Buffy movie we all know he will probably do one day...even with a new cast (I know, blasphemy)...I just know a kick-ass Buffy movie is coiled-up in his lower chakras...Joss, please, let's have it!

kitano0 on Jul 8, 2008


kitano0, I have to disagree with your statement that "Joss has a hard time focusing and completing one thing well." In my mind, he is really good at taking on one project at a time and, in fact, it seems to completely absorb him. For someone who has been in the business for 20 years, his resume is actually quite small. When watching something like Firefly, you can tell that whoever came up with the idea just loves it and loves each and every character. Although I wish he would come up with something new every year, I'm glad that when we does, it's always top quality. In defense of Alex (author of the news article) I think it's ok to say that you are a Whedon fan without liking Buffy. It's true that Buffy is his most successful show and makes up a large amount of Whedon's work-to-date (and it is my second favorite show next to Firefly). However, Joss does have enough other stuff out there to be a fan of. Maybe Alex likes Firefly, Dr. Horrible, Angel (although doubtful if he doesn't like Buffy), even Alien Resurrection (although not a project he had that much control over). Basically, if anyone is willing to praise Joss for any reason, then let him be a fan. Is it hurting anyone? Dollhouse premier in 4 days!!! Woo-hoo!!!

Scuba on Feb 9, 2009


Hate to break it to you, but it is astronomically contradictory (and not to mention insane) that you claim to be a Joss fan, but hate Buffy?! Buffy was, and continues to be, the incredible brilliance that is Joss Whedon in its truest form. That is not to say that I am not a huge fan of Firefly and Serenity. Both are also clear examples of Joss's genius. Angel on the other hand definitely jumped the shark when the writers began the storyline involving Connor, Jasmine, Cordy's death, etc., but Joss had little to do with the writing of Angel, as he was more involved with the last of Buffy at that point. Needless to say, Angel season 1 was great and the 2nd season was not too shabby itself. However Joss's shining moments will always be with the greatness that is Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. On a darker note, anyone else think Dollhouse is a disappointment? It has none of Joss's wit and darkness wrapped into one. So far, it's just plain.. OK. Pretty disappointing coming from the man that created a cult tv show that generated millions of loyal and dedicated fans.

annabelle on Apr 7, 2009


It's a bold statement to say you "hate" Buffy. Buffy and Firefly are the same. Granted, they are completely different shows but Whedon shows are done the same way, which is awesomely. They're creative, they transition wonderfully and have great character development. If you hate Buffy, it's because you hate the horror aspect, which means you're gonna hate The Cabin in the Woods. It's not going to be a movie in the future. You CAN NOT be a Joss Whedon fan and hate Buffy. It goes against the very fiber of your being. You would implode. Now it's time to make a choice...

Trevor on Aug 13, 2009


Guess what?Cabin in the woods IS the Evil Dead remake! If you havent seen the poster and the short piece of footage at the pfficial website you might not have guessed it yourself yet!

Patrick on Dec 23, 2009

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